Weight, Weight Don't Weigh Me - A Neuroscientific Evidence Based Approach to Managing Weight (NATMED - 15WEIG04)

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April 9 2016 09:00:00 PST   through   16:00:00 PST
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
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Kenmore, WA 98028-4966

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Phone: 425-602-3152
Professionals & General Public $ 115.00
Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni $ 95.00
Full-time Students $ 60.00
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67% of American's and their pets are currently obese or overweight! The projection is that those numbers will only continue to rise. Clearly conventional treatments don't work. What might work better? In this practical seminar we will specifically underscore why a successful weight management program must be individually tailored to each person, their body, and their brain. It must take into account a person's personal history, nutritional needs, and the current, ever-changing state of their brain and body's ability to effectively regulate stress and arousal. Sat, April 9, 9:00am-4:00pm. Instructor: Mark Brady (5.5 CEUs, CMEs)

Course Note: A complete Powerpoint slide deck will be provided at the completion of the seminar.

Description: Together we will identify and investigate some of the many challenges involved with skillful weight management through a “social neuroscience” lens. They are considerable. We will explore how the early events of our lives correlate with the current state of our weight and overall health, and also look at the many ways the culture "damages" the brain and operates in direct opposition to effective weight management. We'll also explore how epigenetic influences can be much more powerful than heritable genes. By the end of the day you will have a clear, specific, and flexible understanding, as well as a plan for skillfully managing weight and nourishment for yourself or your patients all during their lifespan.

Upon completion of this seminar you will be able to:

  • Describe how the adult brain can be adversely impacted by dieting.
  • Describe why addressing the brain first makes much more sense than constantly battling with our fat cells.
  • Describe eight brain-based, shame-free protocols that can be placed into service to effectively manage weight and nourishment.
  • Describe three ways “the golden rule of social neuroscience” needs to be a critical element in a successful weight management practice.
  • Describe the importance of “neuroenergetic theory” in effective weight management.
  • Describe why it's harmful and unethical to keep prescribing what doesn't work.

The seminar content has been designed for licensed health care professionals; however, the general public is invited to attend as well.

Meal: One hour lunch break - Bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr's dining commons.

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room #132. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.

Eligible for 5.5 CEUs, CMEs for the following professions:

ND (except those licensed in CA & OR)
MD & PA - Category II CMEs (those licensed in WA)
ARNP & RN (licensed in WA)
LMFT, LMHC, LICSW & PsyD (licensed in WA)
Eligibility Pending: RD - ADA CPEU

Mark Brady, PhD

Mark Brady spent 10 years as a cultural anthropologist at one of the nation's premier think tanks: The Center for Advanced Study at Stanford (under deep cover as the maintenance man!). He holds two master's degrees and a PhD in psychology. He has spent 10 years post-doc studying neuropsychology. He also co-founded The Children’s Grief Program in Palo Alto, California, where he volunteered for 20 years. In the last 18 months he has lost more than 35 pounds and has used neural plasticity to rewire his brain to make weight management a life-saving priority.

Work by physicians like Robert Scaer and Gabor Mate and the ACEs Study by Kaiser Permanente (begun as a weight-loss program) documented that early childhood experiences have profound impact on body, brain and spirit across the entire lifespan. For the last 12 years Mark has focused his work primarily in researching how brain disorganization impacts everything from personal finance to social relationships to physical health. He is the author of many books and papers: A Little Book of Parenting Skills; Safe and Secure: A Guide to Parenting with the Brain in Mind; and The Wisdom of Listening. He is currently completing a book of brain-based strategies for effectively managing weight. Mark also won The Jack London Award for fiction. Visit www.floweringbrain.wordpress.com to read or subscribe to Mark’s popular internet blog.